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• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled plans for an eSports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. The 2,700 square foot venue is scheduled to open this fall,

• The NFL Network is planning 129 hours of “Inside Training Camp Live” coverage July 22-Aug. 7 Additional coverage will appear across NFL media platforms including NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL app and NFL RedZone.

ESPN also said it would provide comprehensive coverage of the opening week of the 2019 NFL training camps beginning July 22 on daily editions of SportsCenter and NFL Live.

• NBC’s Golf Channel unveiled details for its next Golf Films project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” to premiere July 22  The film will present viewers with a chronological look at the “sights and sounds from each of Woods’ 81 professional victories, from his first at the Las Vegas Invitational in 1996, through the most recent win at the Masters earlier this year.”

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Santa Has A Bag Of Unusual Presents To Give Players For NBA Xmas On ESPN

By Barry Janoff

December 11, 2017: Christmas is a holiday, and the NBA is big on TV and social media on Christmas.

But is Xmas the official holiday of the NBA?

ESPN says so, and they get support from Santa — or, at least, their Santa, played by actor/comic/writer Jon Glaser — who gets some NBA stars to sit on his lap as part of ESPN’s humorous campaign to support Christmas Day coverage on ESPN and ABC.

The NBA has five nationally televised games on Dec. 25, with the lone non-Disney-owned network game on TNT (Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers).

This will be the 15th season that the NBA has five nationally televised games during Xmas and the fourth year of ESPN’s Santa campaign.

The new ESPN-ABC campaign features Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), John Wall and Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Nick Young (Golden State Warriors), J.R. Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers) and a guest appearance by Kristaps (The Unicorn) Porzingas of the New York Knicks.

The campaign was shot in Los Angeles back in September.

Lead agency is Funworks.

In the spots, Glaser as a somewhat mischievous Santa has unusual presents for his NBA guests.

In “A Gift for Ben Simmons,” to support the 76ers playing the Knicks, Santa offers the young 76ers star a stuffed unicorn, which is adored with a photo of Porzinas, making Simmons less than happy.

In his spot, Nick Young has several requests in anticipation of the Warriors playing the Cavaliers in a rematch of the last three NBA Finals: “A win. A triple-double would be great. At least 48 points. A clean block on LeBron. I would like you to take me to space.”

“Sounds fun,” says Santa. “We got you this ($25) gift card.”

Santa has one-of-a-kind items in a spot for the Washington Wizards backcourt duo of Wall and Beal: An ugly Xmas sweater for John Wall with the word “Alley” on it and one for Beal with the word “Oops.”

“I’m not not wearing a sweater with the word “Oops on it,” says Beal. Santa has an option: “How about the matching Oops underwear?”

In “John Wall Dreams of Breaking Ankles,” Wall has his own gift. He is eating a gingerbread man and starts by breaking one of its ankles..

In the spot with JR Smith, Santa wants to give Smith a new name. “Everyone knows why you are called X-Factor (for being unpredictable). Not everyone knows why you are JR . . . Jumpshot Ron! Jumpshot Ronald!”

“No,” corrects JR. “ It stands for Junior.”

“You don’t want to jazz that up? “ asks Santa, who gives Smith a big yawn.

The campaign will run through Christmas Day. Support includes Internet, social media and ESPN on-air mentions.

NBA Xmas National TV Schedule

• Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks ESPN Noon (ET)
• Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors ABC 3 PM (ET)
• Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics ABC 5:30 PM (ET)
• Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder ABC 8 PM (ET)
• Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Lakers TNT 10:30 PM (ET)

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